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struck when we used to travel with president clinton. he had the common touch. he knew the people that worked the elevators that you know kind of drove the cars that cleaned up the rooms after we left. mandela was exactly the same way. he knew that one audience was the person sitting across the table from him or meeting with the queen whoever but he also knew that the people behind the scenes facilitated the events were just as important. and he can be more open and compassionate and engage with those pea than he often was with the leaders that he met. and that's a remarkable quality. and frankly, i don't believe in any way that that was an act. that was who he was, really down to the core. >> rose: i've also found that the leader, and i think he represents the, obviously for all of us, represents the highest expression of courage and leadership and all the best qualities that you can imagine in a human being. the capacity to live as he had in prison and to come out with a certain sense of grace about it. and the capacity for reconciliation. but also leaders it seemed to me have
's actually watched by presidents. this-- this is a piece that both clinton and obama admire. and other-- . >> rose: do you think they admire it because they think hey, first of all it's good drama, good acting, a fascinating plot which you don't know because it takes this direction. but also they admire it because of what you have just articulated, throughout this conversation, hope and optimism. >> i hope so. but first and foremost, they're in the opening credits. so i know they love that. but i do think-- . >> rose: so is ronald reagan. >> absolutely. but i do think, i think-- . >> rose: george bush. >> i think they enjoy the possibilities that exist. you know stephen sondheim at the end of his great piece that i got to be a part of, sunday in the park with george, the final wordses were, he puts his hands up to frame the painting of sunday afternoon on the island-- and he says so many possibilities. actually what was write was white, a blank page or canvas, his favorite. so many possibilities. and great minds, great leaders recognize that there are infinite possibilities to every si
; and susan shirk, who was deputy assistant secretary of state for china policy in the clinton administration. she's now a professor of china and pacific relations at the university of california. >> welcome. repeat some of the words that bide said that china's actions, quotes, has raised regional tex tensions and increased the risk of accidents and miscalculations. how serious is this? >> it is pretty serious, unfortunately. if you had to choose two countries that you would not want a crisis to occur between their two militaries it would probably be china and japan, japan is not, has not fired a shot in anger in over 70 years. china has, i think, still an unknown relationship between the party and the military in times of crisis, what we have is higher operational tempos of fishing vessels and other vessels and airplanes around these uninhabited rocks, really in the middle of nowhere in the pacific, with both countries determined not to back down. i think the situation is relatively fraught, and this new air defense zone that china has just demarcated really captured and, captures an enormou
a parent in childhood. look, we have obama, clinton is a fascinating case of someone who suffer this is extraordinary blow very early on in his life -- >> rose: his father was killed before he was born. >> and he grows up in an environment without that kind of safety net. and what does it do? it seems to have given him a kind of strength. you see that pattern again and again and again. >> rose: do you think that's the majority patern? >> no, i don't. i make the same argument with dyslexia where there's a minority pattern where you see a very large number of successful entrepreneurs have dyslexia. that's not the common response. and if you talk to them you'll say -- they'll say i am who i am because of my dyslexia not in spite of it. nonetheless, it's fascinating to see this bimodal response to what we would ordinary consider just to be a setback. >> rose: do you think that -- it's often said that some or a large percentage or at least a majority of comedians come to comedy out of pain. >> oh, you know what's funny? i was just reading that new biography of johnny carson. he talks
, joined on air force one by former president george w. bush and his wife. former presidents clinton and carter also will attend. there's been more unrest in the central african republic, as gunmen refuse to give up their weapons to french troops. the french patrolled the capital city today, trying to disarm rival muslim and christian fighters who killed 400 people over the weekend. we'll have a report from the c.a.r. later in the program. the prime minister of thailand called for new elections today, in the face of protests against her rule. the opposition has accused her of corruption, insisting again she must go. john sparks of "independent television news" reports from bangkok. >> reporter: protest leaders called it the day of reckoning. a time to do-or-die. when their call was answered on the streets of bangkok by more than 150,000 people. and each one seemed determined to topple the thai government. >> we've got to get them out. we're playing our last card. >> reporter: they've been at it for weeks. a rolling protest against the government of prime minister yingluck shinawatra.
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